Antoine Griezmann and Alvaro Morata scored as Atletico Madrid beat Celta Vigo 2-0 on Saturday afternoon.
The visitors arrived at the Wanda Metropolitano in good form, having pushed themselves away from the relegation zone but having not beaten Atleti in their six games – a win seemed unlikely.
Defender Juanfran has the best chance of the early exchanges but he was stopped by Celta keeper Ruben Blanco, but the Galician number one could do very little about Griezmann’s opener as the Frenchman curled a beautiful free kick into the top corner just three minutes before half time.
Morata was then hauled on after the break and the former Chelsea man was an instant threat to Celta and he got his reward, scoring on the 74th minute, rounding Blanco before tapping into an empty net.
The win for Atleti means they now sit nine points off Barcelona, who were held 0-0 by Huesca, but comfort for Diego Simeone’s side sees them hold a five point lead over Real Madrid in third place.
Celta, meanwhile, sit in 17th but that could chance if Villarreal are successful on Sunday against struggling Girona.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Espanyol beat Alaves 2-1, whilst Sevilla won the Seville derby, beating Real Betis 3-2.